Lexus LS saloon prices will start from £71,995, the luxury car maker has revealed today.
The line up starts from £71,995 for the entry-level LS 460 Luxury, climbing to a slightly eye-watering £99,495 for the hybrid LS 600h L Premier model. A third variant, the LS 460 F Sport sits in the middle at £74,495.
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The LS 460 takes its power from a 4.6-litre petrol V8 developing 382bhp. The option of a petrol powerplant had previously been discontinued from the LS range, but Lexus says it has been reintroduced for the new lineup due to customer demand.
The LS460 is split into two trim levels, Luxury and F Sport. Luxury-spec cars wear 18-inch alloy wheels and feature four-zone climate control, air conditioned front seats and a 12.3-inch central display screen, the largest currently on the market.
The F Sport model is included in the LS range for the first time. Aimed at keener drivers, the LS 460 F Sport is distinguished by a more aggresssive bodykit including a darker grille, restyled bumpers and 19-inch alloy wheels. Under the bodywork is a Torsen limited slip differential, tweaked suspension and Brembo brakes whilst inside there are swathes of aluminium and bespoke leather seats.
If you want hybrid power, the LS 600h L is available in long wheelbase L Premier form only. Power comes from a combination of a 5.0-litre V8 engine and electric motor, generating a total of 493bhp.
Pricey it may be, but the flagship LS 600h Premier includes a wealth of equipment. It benefits from more kit available than any other Lexus model, including an infra-red controlled 'climate concierge' system which Lexus claims is a world first. The unusual system adjusts the heated seats, steering wheel and climate control by scanning the temperature of each occupant's face, believe it or not. Other toys include a lumbar massage function for the left rear seat passenger.
The LS 600h also features an array of active safety systems including lane departure warning, blind spot monitor and 'collision avoidance assist.'
Also available as a £1,515 option on the L Premier is an infra-red night view camera system, displaying parts of the road ahead not captured by the headlight beam on the central display screen.
Prices have increased over the previous-generation LS 600h, which was priced from £93,936.
In an effort to spice up the previous car's looks, all new LS models wear Lexus's new spindle-shaped grille design as part of the brand's new 'L-Finesse' design direction.
Eight exterior colours are available, with a further seven paint schemes available for the F Sport variant. Metallic or mica paint is available as an option for all three models.
Order books for the LS are open now, with deliveries starting in January 2013.
Written by James Taylor.